Feb 02, 2017
A few days ago, this past Monday, we took the girls into our Mexican vet to have their anal glands dealt with. Colin and I decided that we would also have Carmeh’s blood work done as well as a stool sample. In the back of our minds we were hoping that she might just have an infection that could be dealt with by taking antibiotics.
The plant was to switch from burning oil to natural gas and should have been running on gas effective last December. Click here for an article re the pipeline. Mazatlan is sometimes covered in soot balls. Way back in 2009 and likely even earlier people were complaining and trying to bring about change.
We received the blood work results early Tuesday. I had to translate them into English before sending them to our vet back in Canada. A few hours later I spoke with Dr. Susan and of course she confirmed what I already knew. Carmeh has chronic pancreatitis and her liver is not in very good shape. There is not much we can do to help her liver that won’t adversely affect her pancreas. The pills I had brought in last week, the Denosyl, that she won’t take is about all that might help her. We have totally pulverized that 1/2 pill and I am giving her 2 -3 pinches mixed in her food each meal which is about the maximum that I can sneak in before she refuses to eat. So a daily dose takes 3 -4 days to get into her system. I guess that is better than nothing. I suspect that all the years of medications for her back issues have contributed to the liver issues. So we are making a few changes to her diet.
The real hard part is the 125mg of Metronidazole that I need to force down her throat twice per day for 10 days. Our vet hopes that this will help heal the pancreas. The pill is 5 times the size of the Pepcid that I am still giving her twice per day. However the Metronidazole smells and tastes bitter. The first time I gave it to her I could see the panic in her eyes as she tried to swallow. I now give her two low fat treats afterwards and give her lots of praise and cuddles. Only 9 more doses to go :((
The good news is that she appears to be enjoying her food and that she no longer has gut gurgles and does not appear to be in pain.
She also had a great day on the beach and almost ran like the wind.
Caeli has been so very tolerant with all the attention that Carmeh is getting and just sits back and observes. I owe her tons of extra love and cuddles. Many hours of each day revolve around Carmeh’s needs and food issues but when we see her run on the beach it is worth every moment.
Now off to force yet another pill down her throat and then an hour later later yet another pill. We are seeing an improvement in the past 10 -14 days. Carmeh may fool us all and be here for a few more years to come 😀